Wander the atmospheric Old Town in the shadows of the imposing Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy demonstrations of authentic torture devices along the way and hear of their history from your guide, but don’t let your guard down! Keep your eyes peeled and your wits about you for ghostly apparitions from some of the city’s notorious ex-residents.
You might encounter characters from Edinburgh’s dim and distant past such as the notorious Mad Monk of the Cowgate, Agnes Fynnie the witch or the fearsome Highlander — Rhuari McLeod — who helped capture Edinburgh for Bonnie Prince Charlie during the 1745 Jacobite uprising.
Perhaps it’ll be young Jimmy Tamson who makes an appearance — a Scottish lad responsible for burying the dead when the Black Death spread through the city in the 14th century. It’s said that on quiet nights you can still hear the boy’s haunting cry on the air, “Bring oot yer deid, bring oot yer deid...”
Some say this ghostly walking tour is scary, while others find it funny. Either way, enjoy the shivers down your spine and ghoulish goings-on, and learn of Edinburgh’s rich history and heritage on route. After 1.5 hours of spine-tingling exploration, your tour will conclude a minute’s walk from where it began.
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352 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh
From July 31, 2017 - August 26, 2017 (except Sundays 6, 13, 20 August) departure will be from 84 West Bow (Victoria St), EH1 2HH due to the annual military tattoo event taking place at Edinburgh Castle
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Ghost and Gore Walking Tour of Edinburgh
- Walking tour
- The Witchery Tales Book, by Adam Lyal
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Food and drink, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Ishtar J, August 2016
This was my favourite tour whilst my partner and I were in Edinburgh for the week. I can't recommend this highly enough. Mr Clapperton applause and his assistant were right on the money with their character performances, fascinating history and many a joke that gave us a good laugh. They made simple courtyards, closes and buildings come alive with thier tales and theatricals. I am really very impressed and it set the bar very high for all the tours we went on around Edinburgh during our stay - none of which topped this one. Thank you ever so much for a truly enjoyable evening.
Reviewed by: penelope4108, July 2016
This Tour was amazing! The guide, Alexander Chapperton made so many people laugh ! It was filled with fun facts of Edinburgh and the demonstrations was really fun . Brilliant and highly recommended !